IAF chopper crashes in Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh, all 7 on board killed

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An Indian Air Force Dhruv helicopter on Friday crashed in U.P.’s Sitapur district with all seven persons on board feared killed. File photo

Sitapur: An Air Force helicopter has crashed in Ataria in Sitapur with IAF confirming the death of all 7 people on board.

The crashed helicopter was an indigenously developed Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv. It was on its way from Bareilly to Allahabad. Before crashing into an agricultural field, the chopper reported some technical problems to the Air Traffic Control (ATC), police said.

“The Pilot gave a ‘may-day’ (emergency) call and soon after that there was a loss of contact on radar and on radio,” the IAF said.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Sidhauli AK Srivastava said that the chopper was engulfed in fire as it crashed in Manipurwa in Ataria area. “A helicopter of air force has crashed here. It is engulfed in fire and it is feared that all on board might have died,” Srivastava said.

Attempts were underway to douse the fire. Senior officials of district administration and police have reached the spot. District Magistrate, Sitapur, JP Singh said that the helicopter took off from Bareilly and was going towards Allahabad.

“According to our information, there were seven persons on board the chopper including pilot and co-pilot. As per the reports received from officials, no one is appeared to have survived,” he said.

Sitapur is nearly 160 km from Bareilly and over 90 km from Lucknow.

Eleven helicopters belonging to the armed forces have crashed in the past 3 years.

Here is a press release from IAF on the incident:

“One Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Indian Air Force crashed near Sitapur of Lucknow area at about 1657 hrs on 25 Jul 2014. The Helicopter was airborne from Bareilly at 1553 hrs and was on a mission to Allahabad. The Pilot gave a ‘may-day’ (emergency) call and soon after that there was a loss of contact on radar and on radio. A total of seven air warriors including two pilots were on board. It is feared that there are no survivors. There is no reported damage on ground.

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